Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Video Demo has been Released!



Three Pears

6x8in oil on canvas board. Not for Sale


This is the image I painted on my video demonstration
for  Daily Paintworks  Artbyte tutorial. (Click for link.)
I painted it in "actual time" and it is about 25 mins long.
I want to thank Daily Paintworks for asking me to make
this Artbyte. Although nervous, I was honored to be asked.
I also thank Jennifer Newcomb Marine for her infinite patience.

There is also a free artbyte explaining the tools I use with
a short demo showing how I assemble my handy-dandy
shaper/squeegee tool. Be sure you look for it.

I hope that any of you who are interested in my technique
will find the video interesting and enjoyable.
The video is on the technique itself. I recommend it be used
with a palette the artist is comfortable with. Trying new colors
at the same time can add to the difficulty factor.

When I was thinking about what to paint for the video
I decided to paint something I had done before in my older style
See below








I always liked this one.
One of the great things about "taste" is there will be as
many people who like this version as there will be who
like the fracturing. My personal opinion is that the eye
is engaged more with the fracturing technique...as is my heart!



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57 comments:

  1. Once again it is nice to see the comparison between who you are and who you were. I think both versions has their place and I like them both. Both has bold brush work, but I do like the new one best with it's structures, but that is like you said a matter of taste.

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    1. You write so well, Roger. I enjoyed reading your thoughts...and I thank you.
      Your new painting in the new size is a stunner.

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  2. The eye is definitely engaged more with fracturing. It gives a greater depth. I am most fond of the degree of fracturing in the pears above. To my taste, it is the right amount. Lovely, interesting......
    Cannot wait for the art byte but I must for a day or two. Then I will savor it.

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    1. I agree with you about the eye being engaged more and that is important to me. It is what I loved about my egg tempera paintings. You could see all the layers of colors.
      I laughed with pleasure when I saw your Friendly Face painting.

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  3. Love this painting but no time for real comments. Gotta hurry over to Daily Paintworks for my video bye!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Blanche. Loved your pear too.

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  4. Julie, thank you for the comparison photos of the two paintings. I like them both for different reasons. You've pushed the color a lot more in the top image with the fracturing, which gives it an energetic and abstract feel, along with the slightly closer crop on the objects. The second image with those nice blue shadows is calm and feels more peaceful to me. Lovely work on both!

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    1. Hello Diana, thanks for the great comment. Nice to know you took the time to really compare.
      I love your drawings - you have a real talent for getting an emotional quality in them..

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  5. I'm back from the Artbyte movie, and didn't even have time for popcorn! I love meeting you and watching fracturing. Very informative and something I'll watch many times. Thank you for this movie and all the time you've taken away from your own painting to provide this material. It's a ten!

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    1. You make me feel very relived and warm and fuzzy at the same time. Thanks so much Blanche.
      Still love your pear!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne - love your last post. So much info.

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  7. I realised you must have been a very competent painter before you began fracturing - how true! I love the original but like everyone else, I am drawn to the fractured work, I want to linger over it again and again. I love painted pears and the looser the better, yours are wonderful. The Artbyte, I usually get down to looking at these late on a Saturday evening while hubbie is watching football - we have spent the last few Sats watching a double bill of the 2nd series of "Borgen" on TV. Have you had it over there - Danish with subtitles, fabulous! All done now so Artbytes here I come! Good luck with yours, have faith, we will all love it!

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    1. This is a lovely comment - thanks Margaret. Hope you enjoy watching it. Thanks for the tip about Borgen. Will see if netflix has it.

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  8. Oh my word, Julie, you do not know how good you are! Your Artbytes are superb, clear and inspirational. Thank you for both of them. The painting is a success - jewel-like colours and no mud at all! (Btw, I knew you were a fellow Brit but did not know you were a Northerner. I'm a Midlander but my Nottinghamshire accent has unfortunately gone.) Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge with us! Sharon

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    1. Thank YOU so much for that, Sharon.. Music to my ears! I would hate for someone to pay for something that was not up to snuff.
      How did you lose your accent? I thought if you were from Midlands up, it was hard to do. I had a hard time with my french because I could not "hear" to pronounce it right. Still have no ability to mimic to this day.
      How do you manage to keep two blogs going?

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  9. I love your fracturing technique so much but your style before was beautiful too. I'm also finding that my eyes are always caught when the artist uses complementary color schemes.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I like what Carol Marine teaches with the Munsell colors. Red and green are not necessarily compliments.
      Blue and gold used to be a favorite but now i am seeing it all differently.
      Sorry about the computer issues with your job.

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  10. Fantastic! I've been looking forward to your video! Headed there now.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it Bruce and I love what you have been up to.

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  11. Congratulations, Julie. The honor of being asked to do an art byte is even sweeter when you have invented the technique you are teaching.

    The pears are beautiful, as always!

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    1. I think you are right. Thanks carol. it means a lot coming from another artist.
      Love your woman in the hat painting - especially the title.

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  12. Great job on the Art Byte Julie! It is wonderfully done and both paintings are just great! I added a little commercial for you over on my blog. I hope that is ok.

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    1. You are marvelous to do that for another artist. It is a warm and generous thing to do and your karma will be excellent for ages!!
      Your lemon is amazing.

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  13. It's amazing what you see when you compare the two together. Your fracturing technique is SO unique and beautiful...I can never get tired of seeing your work, Julie!!! Congratulations!

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    1. You are kind as always my dear Hilda. thank you.
      I saw your latest post and the christening dress story is a wonderful as the painting.

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  14. I love that you did a re-do of an earlier painting. I much prefer your newer way of painting and find I'm doing that myself now. The pears are beautiful. Now I need to check out your videos!

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    1. I do too so nice to hear you feel that way. I think your posting today is my favorite out all of your wonderful paintings. Amazing!

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  15. Julie, Julie, Julie!!!!Thank You!!!!Happiness reins in Lavon's studio!....LOL...I have only watched a bit of the movie with a very bad internet connection, but am so looking forward to a setdown where I can puruse with leisure soon. Getting the connection repaired. Loved what I could see!! YUM!!! I am totally gonna have to drive down to Cruces this summer just to meet you. BTW, I finally joined DPW myself. I had one of my paintings in on Monday. Love the fractured pears!!!

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    1. Sorry to hear about your connection. I know it is not the video - thank heavens! that would be all I need. I tried to answer you when I was in Albuquerque but it is impossible. Glad to hear you are on DPW but I went back and looked and saw no Lavon. So I am intrigued...what is your full name?

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  16. You did a geat job of explaining your technique on the video & I thank you for sharing this. I find your paintings amazingly wonderful & full of life & energy. Both paintings are beautiful but the fractured painting causes me pause & savor it's beauty for a longer period of time, perhaps over good of coffee (or tea).

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    1. This is a warm fuzzy time for me. I really appreciate your kind words, Sarah. Allow me to share some with you. Your painting of roses is lovely and I love the texture.

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  17. Last night I watched the introductory video. It will not be easy, here, to make your handy dandy!!
    But I'll try! Meanwhile, I took some inspiration and, tonight I will post the result, on the DPW challenge.
    Somehow I was inspired to you, dear Julie,
    and to you I dedicate the challenge of amalgam.
    Wonderful pears,both, before and after fracturing.Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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    1. I saw your watercolor for the challenge Rita and congratulations of a strong and different image from your usual work and that was what the challenge was all about. I was honored my artbyte inspired you.

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  18. Julie, Although both paintings are beautiful, the fractured technique with all that rich color engages my eyes and makes my heart happy. I love your beautiful work! Congrats on the Art Bytes, can't wait to check them out.

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    1. Hi Maria. Thanks for your support. it means a lot. Loved seeing yours abstract work and Denise's ravens

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  19. I love everything you do, old or new makes no difference, you style is awesome , personal and recognizable! And all the best with your video demo . xx

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  20. It was such a pleasure to see your non-representational, beautiful painting. The colors gave me goose bumps.
    I really appreciate this great comment. Thanks so much, Jane.

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  21. Julie, congrats on the video, I told you, it would be a super duper hit! The fractured version has more character and stand out with a signature style. I am so happy that you could share your talent with others, I am sure it paves the way for more innovation!

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    1. YOU did indeed, and I have no idea if it is a hit, but am glad my friends say they like it.
      I do believe that others will find their own take on the fracturing. Thanks my dear.

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  22. Thank you, Julie, for your encouraging comment. Wishing you success with the video.

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  23. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to watch your fascinating process of fractured painting over your right shoulder, Julie! Thank you!! :)

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    1. Glad you like it. had you been using your handy tool correctly?

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    2. I was using the tool somewhat but not entirely correctly, Julie! I was completely missing out on those gashes( fractures) made by the tool. A very important step.
      Thank you once again!

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  24. I just watched your video, and I enjoyed it so much. I love your style and the art you share, and I can't wait to try fracturing. Thank you for your gift to me!

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    1. What a lovely way to put it. I thank you for making me feel good.

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  25. this painting is beautiful! i'm going to look at the artbyte now!

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  26. Hurray Julie! Thank you Julie! Your video is fantastic...you really did an amazing job. It is no easy thing to talk/teach AND paint at the same time and you did it so naturally. Love the pears! I think I might need to fracture one of my girls very soon...OFF with her head! :) xo

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    1. Laughing out loud - you are a real delight Lisa and thank you for being so nice.

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    2. Lisa - I just want thank you for giving me the stars and lovely write up on the tutorial. I think it helps so I appreciate it very much.

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  27. Hi Julie, I watched! Felt like I was there with you. You were a natural--thank you for lifting the veil on a beautiful, messy process. Neatniks not allowed! Love it. I would love to see what your "grands" would do with that squeegee! Went to 3 hardware stores today to get a single blade scraper with a screw, like yours. The last store owner suggested I go to a NAPA auto parts store. They have one with a handle that is a clear screwdriver handle and it is about 10-12" long! LIke a long handled paintbrush. I'm going to try it. They also have excellent squeegee material--they are rectangular black pieces about 1/4" thick, that could still be cut with a blade. And, they still say "Yes, Ma'am" and hold the doors for you, all the while exhuming huge amounts of testosterone!!!!!
    You did great on the video. By the way, were you from Wales? You sound a bit like my friend Liz from Llandudno.

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  28. Hi Julie, I just purchased your Artbyte tutorial, thank you so much for showing us how you do your lovely paintings, I love all your work wether it is fractured or not. I often use the palette knife and enjoy it but it will be even more fun with the squeegee as well. Thanks again!

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  29. Hi Julie, I just watched your artbyte and tried a couple of paintings with mixed results. If you like you can check them out at http://cobblehillstudio.blogspot.com. I really need to do a lot more! I love your style and am so envious of your talent! I paint in a very controlled and tight manner and would love to get looser with my brushstrokes. I was wondering if you thin your paint or paint with it directly out of the tube. I was finding I was making a lot of mud with it thick out of the tube. Maybe I am using too much paint? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please consider doing another artbyte. I would definitely buy it!

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Cheers,
Julie